IPSD 204

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Academically Talented Students

District 204 offers a variety of academic programs to meet the needs of our students. Although assessment occurs throughout the school year for all students, some programs require the gathering of additional information in order to determine appropriate placement. Our identification process for Project Arrow and Accelerated Math programs includes the use of multiple measures when considering the total child for academic programming. We consider standardized and normed assessment data including, but not limited to, the following: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), aimswebPlus, classroom assessments and students' learning characteristics.

The district believes that year long algebra instruction is critical for long-term math success. With this in mind, any math qualification or pathway that does not include year long algebra is not in the students’ best interest and, therefore, will not be permitted. New placement into Project Arrow Math will only occur at the beginning of sixth grade or at the beginning of seventh grade.

A timeline for our standardized and normed assessments is below.


Project Arrow & Accelerated Math: Elementary Identification Timeline


Accelerated Math Project Arrow Sep.-Nov.
Jan. 
Feb.  Mar. Apr. Summer

aimswebPlus universal screeners of literacy & numeracy development occur three times during the school year (fall, winter, spring)